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Planning a Universal Studios Vacation

Universal Studios Orlando Made Simple – A Quick and Easy Guide for Planning

Universal Studios has quickly become the most popular theme park in Orlando. Here at OrlandoVacation.com we have been selling theme park tickets since 1993 and in our early days for every 10 guest who bought Walt Disney World tickets 1 would buy a Universal Studios vacation ticket. Oh how times have changed!

The Parks at Universal Studios Resort Orlando

Universal is comprised of two theme parks (Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure), Volcano Bay, a grand waterpark, and City Walk, a unique downtown area with live entertainment every night and many other fun activities. There is no admission required for City Walk, and you can choose between a single park ticket that covers either Universal Studios Orlando or Islands of Adventure, or a pass that allows access to two parks or all three parks. OrlandoVacation.com guarantees the lowest prices on theme park tickets, so be sure to buy them ahead of time or you’ll pay more at the gate.

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Universal Studios Theme Park Orlando

This is the original park, and is considered the flagship for the Universal Orlando Resort. It is known as the premier movie and TV based theme park, with many thrilling theme park rides, backstage tours and views of props from such popular movies as Twister, Jaws, Spiderman, Hulk, and many many more.

A portion of the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter attraction is in Universal Studios and you may ride Hogwarts Express to go from Universal Studios to the other portion of the Harry Potter attraction which sits in Islands of Adventure. If you have small children, then Universal Studios is a must see!

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Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Islands of Adventure first opened in 1999, it was once called “the most technological theme park” in the world. With high expectations like this, many wondered if it could live up to the hype. It only takes one trip to see that it certainly has!

Islands of Adventure is also home to the incredibly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is fun for anyone who wants to get lost in a world of fantasy. In the Summer of 2014, Diagon Alley, a huge expansion, was officially open to the public. The Harry Potter Attraction is the single biggest attraction to open in Orlando in the past 20 years.

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Volcano Bay

The third major theme park at Universal Studios is set to open in the Summer of 2017. With this amazing and technologically advanced theme park, Universal Studios is hoping to build upon its’ success it gained from the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter.

Volcano Bay is being billed as the greatest water theme park in the world. Universal Studios is promising that guest will not have to stand in lines or carry rafts or tubes from ride to ride. If you driven been by Universal Studios lately the water park rides look really impressive as they are nearing completion. We can’t wait for it to open!

Insider’s tip

To get the best value, visit City Walk for a late lunch. You can take advantage of lower pricing for lunch entrees, and with lower crowds, you’ll have a better chance of interacting with the live entertainers.
Whether you have a week to explore everything at Universal, or you’re planning to pack it all into one day, there’s always something new and exciting to uncover